Update on UCT’s Drupal 9 website migration project

18 August 2022

Dear colleagues and students

This week we celebrate a significant milestone with the Drupal 9 development and website migration project. The main University of Cape Town (UCT) website, as well as the staff and students websites have been made live on the improved, more responsive on mobile devices, and more secure Drupal 9 website content management system. Towards the end of this week the faculty websites will be made live as well.

The Drupal 9 project is now in the migration phase, during which approximately 330 websites will be migrated from Drupal 7 into Drupal 9. This phase started at the end of December 2021 and will continue throughout this year.

The moratorium on the creation of new websites which was in place from 2 August 2020, will be lifted from next week. Requests for new websites can be made via ServiceNow, while training on Drupal 9 can be booked via SuccessFactors.

Dr Reno Morar, our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Project’s Implementation Committee (PIC) Chair has previously written to members of the Leadership Lekgotla and the UCT community on the importance of this project, and I would like to thank everyone for their support. The UCT website is not only an important internal operating tool but an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary work and efforts of colleagues and students across the institution.

On behalf of the UCT Executive, I would like to thank our COO, and the project implementation partner departments and all involved staff from the Communication and Marketing Department (CMD), and Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) department for their diligent work on the project thus far, and I wish them well for the remainder of Phase 2.

I urge all website owners and content managers to continue to work with the project team to ensure they deliver all websites onto Drupal 9 as quickly as possible.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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